Bleachers

Bleachers

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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake - or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach --- and himself - before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • RANDOM HOUSE
  • Dell Publishing Company
  • English
  • 0440242002
  • 9780440242000
  • 166,240

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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake - or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach --- and himself - before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

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"As taut and twisting as a well-thrown spiral.""--People" "A sure-footed storyteller with an undeniable mastery of plotting, pacing, and tone."--"The New York Times Book Review" "[Grisham] makes this football game so real that the reader can almost see and hear it."--"The New York Times" " " "Some of the best writing from Grisham . . . [He] makes "Bleachers" sing.""--Los Angeles Times"

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About John Grisham

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Customer reviews

This is not the usual crime fiction that I read, but since it was written by one of my favorite authors, I had to give it a try. It was a good read. I was contemplating on giving it a 3-star, but I liked the overall theme of forgiveness, so I bumped up my rating to 4 stars.show more
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